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Cellular Service Disruption at Lake Anne Impacts 9-1-1

Vendors’ point-of-sale systems also experiencing difficulties.

Vendors’ point-of-sale systems also experiencing difficulties.

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Block Party Blast at St. Tim's

Parishioners and community members rock in the sunshine.

Parishioners and community members rock in the sunshine.

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Reston Association Chooses New CEO

One-on-one interview with Mac Cummins, AICP

One-on-one interview with Mac Cummins, AICP

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Farmers Market Fun Days "On" in Herndon

Come for the market, a walk through the Red Caboose, and Market Fun Days

Come for the market, a walk through the Red Caboose, and Market Fun Days

Can’t Get a Foot in the Door

Housing discrimination found in Fairfax County.

Housing discrimination found in Fairfax County.

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Swimmers, Take Your Mark

Mayor visits Herndon Olympics

Mayor visits Herndon Olympics

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GRCC Presents 2022 Awards for Excellence

Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors.

Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors.

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No More Mailbags for Beloved McLean Postal Carrier

Hard to fill this carrier's shoes.

Hard to fill this carrier's shoes.

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Rotary Club of Great Falls Holds Annual Meeting

Installs leadership and recognizes honorees.

Installs leadership and recognizes honorees.

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Chill'n at the Roots Festival on Lake Anne Plaza

Community gathers for a fun-filled day in rain.

Community gathers for a fun-filled day in rain.

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Storytime for Little Historians

Young children learn about Reston and its founding principles.

Young children learn about Reston and its founding principles.

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Traveling Players Perform Free Family-Friendly Plays

Free and on The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center

Free and on The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center

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Pam Grosvenor, Recipient of The Glen Sjoblom Award 2022

GFCA's Executive Board holds award ceremony

GFCA's Executive Board holds award ceremony

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MWAA Proposes Dulles Toll Road Increases

Public comments accepted through Aug. 10, 2022.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will propose raining the toll rates on the Dulles...

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Naturalization Ceremony by USCIS Held in the Town of Vienna

Their stories are now our stories, to be woven into the fabric of the United States of America.

Their stories are now our stories, to be woven into the fabric of the United States of America.

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Rallying FCPS Pride Children and Parents Face Protesters Outside Meeting

Fairfax County School Board presents LGBTQI+ Pride Recognition and Adopts Updated Student Rights & Responsibilities.

Fairfax County School Board presents LGBTQI+ Pride Recognition and Adopts Updated Student Rights & Responsibilities.

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Post-Roe, Fairfax Supervisors Unanimously Forge Ahead

Speaking out, supervisors approve three-part board matter.

For residents in Fairfax County and the rest of Virginia and the nation, the future for abortion rights and access is uncertain now that the Supreme Court has...

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Hardening older FCPS Entrances to Secure Them from Shooters

Multilayered approaches to keep children safe in schools

School shootings

FCPS to Consider Trust Policy

CASA members and allies speak out at rally and public hearing.

FCPS policy

Fairfax County Budget Hearings

Comments favor funding for low-income and affordable housing, police and first responders pay increases, parks, and more.

Budget

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Coalition for TJ Files Emergency Request to Vacate the 4th Circuit Stay

Case alleges anti-Asian American discriminatory admissions process

Emergency request

2022 Shape of the Region Conference

‘Finding our way back to mental health.’

Mental health

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Helping to Feed Hungry Families

Stuff the Bus event brings in much needed food donations.

Stuff bus

Sheriff Ends Pre-Release Notice to ICE

Incremental steps matter.

ICE

New Deputy County Executive for Safety and Security Named

Board of Supervisors appoints former Fire and Rescue Department's assistant chief.

Executive named for county

New TJ Policy Invalidated in Fairfax County

Policy is discriminatory, writes judge in win for plaintiff, Coalition for TJ and Pacific Legal Foundation.

TJ School

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County Executive Presents FY 2023 Advertised Budget

Increase in assessed values for real estate and vehicles drive higher tax payments.

County budget

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Adopting a Senior Dog Could Be a Better Match, Really

One woman's passion and 'Tribute'.

Senior dogs

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Seeking Shelter: Changes in Housing Preferences

Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship at George Mason University School of Business presents.

Housing

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Impact of Vehicle-Bicycle Collisions in Fairfax Courts

FABB's discussion with Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for Community Justice and Policy

Bike ruling

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Brabrand: 'Stay the Course'

We have a right to do things up until that right impinges or infringes on the rights of others.

Masks

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FCPS Takes Legal Action Challenging Gov. Youngkin's Ex. Order No. 2

County School Board files suit jointly with six other boards.

Executive order

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New Governor Revokes Mask Mandate for Schools

FCPS says masks requirement remains in effect.

Mask Mandates

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Return to School 2022

After a week of weather closures, FCPS opens with Covid-19 surging

Returning to school

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FCPS Faces Staff Shortages in the Face of Omicron

Superintendent pledges to keep students in the classroom, but it will “not be business as usual.”

School with Covid

2022 Real Estate Forecast

Real Estate Forecast

2022 Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Forecast

Single-family homes in Arlington are still the hottest real estate ticket in town.

Realtors Forecast

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VolunteerFest, 2021

Volunteers work on projects countywide for the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Volunteers

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Crisis in Afghanistan Reverberates Locally

Afghan Americans speak out.

The United States and other countries have welcomed more than 150,000 Afghans and their families since the emergency evacuations began in mid-August.

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Crisis in Afghanistan Reverberates Locally

Afghan Americans speak out.

The United States and other countries have welcomed more than 150,000 Afghans and their families since the emergency evacuations began in mid-August.

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Overcoming Mental Health Stigma

Suicide Walk-a-Thon brings awareness

The pandemic's psychological and socioeconomic fallout may be driving an accelerated trend in depressive symptoms and suicide ideation, attempts, and deaths in Fairfax County, reported experts in mental health at the "Fight Suicide" Walk-a-Thon at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston held Aug. 21.

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Holding Dear: 2,364 Local Souls Lost to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Northern Virginia Regional Commission holds Remembrance Ceremony

On March 21, 2020, the Fairfax County Health Department reported its first death of a resident due to COVID-19.

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Results of Arlington and Montgomery County Collaboration on Airplane Noise

Contractor proposes randomizing approaching flight path to share the noise of disturbing DCA flight tracks; testing underway

Local officials in Arlington and Montgomery counties continue their collaborative efforts following upticks in their communities' airplane noise complaints as aircraft approach and depart Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, DCA, located in Arlington County.

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Two Lawsuits Threaten Virginia Public Schools

Appellants ask courts to halt implementation of Student Transgender Policies; local FCPS Pride reacts

The outcome of two lawsuits filed in Circuit Courts the last week in March threatens the treatment of transgender students in all Virginia school divisions, including Fairfax County Public Schools.

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Tightening Criteria for Entering into Gang Database

Gang Task Force use of DataWalk under scrutiny

On Oct. 2, 2018, Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force selected DataWalk as their analytical platform to support its fight against gangs according to a headline on BUSINESS WIRE.

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Questioning Racially-Biased Gang Database

Activists: Residents can be entered into GangNet merely for living in neighborhoods where gang activity takes place.

With no recourse for review, a nebulous definition of gang membership led an activist, an immigration advocate, and a Virginia legislator to fight for change.

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Mobilizing for the Biden-Harris Ticket

Virginia's former Governor, House of Delegate Speaker and Senate Majority Leader at Fairfax County Government Center.

The second and third day of early voting at Fairfax County Government Center brought enthusiastic voters exercising their rights to vote and more.

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Kamala Harris Speaks at Fairfax 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

At Fairfax County Public Safety Headquarters, County Fire Chief John S. Butler stepped to the podium at the 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony to commemorate lives lost on September 11, 2001.

EagleForce Warrior Foundation Donates $30K

Funds launch Capital Caring Health's ‘So No One Dies Alone Program.’

The local nonprofit provider of elder health, hospice and advanced illness care, Capital Caring Health, received a $30K donation from EagleForce Warrior Foundation to launch the provider's 'So No One Dies Alone Program' for Veterans from Northern Virginia and nearby areas and their families.

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Let’s Get This Right: Mask Up NOVA

It’s Phase One and Executive Order 63 for Northern Virginia’s reopening.

On May 29, The Northern Virginia Regional Commission announced that it produced a Public Service Announcement emphasizing the importance of wearing a face mask in public indoor spaces.

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